DVD's

  1. Hey all you DVD experts,

    I couldn't find the DVD "The Day After" (Remember the 1983 nuclear bomb the world has ended movie?) here around town, so I decided to go to EBay to find it. Low and behold, an auction was ending that day.

    I purchased it from a seller in Switzerland. It arrived to me within a week. Got all snuggly on my sofa in the den, plopped the DVD in the player and got a message:

    "Playback not allowed, prohibited in this area"

    Grrrrrrrr!

    My friend, (who anxiously awaited its arrival too) read some of the DVDs in my library and noticed they had "For use in America and Canada only". He noticed the DVD from Switzerland didn't say anything other than "Packaged in EU". Being a military man (hahaha) he theorized that programing DVD players to read certain DVDs in certain area's cuts down on illegal activity being traded coast to coast. I just wanted to see the movie.

    Has anyone else experienced this or think my friend is right?
    Last edit by rebelwaclause on Oct 18, '02
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   rebelwaclause
    (Told you I'd keep it light)....Hehehehehehe

    Kevin...Ya gotta post on this one! I need your highly intelligent military intellectual input! (hahaha)
  4. by   Stargazer
    I know that VHS tapes are formatted differently for North America vs. Europe, so it makes sense that DVD's would be too.
  5. by   hoolahan
    Interesting, glad you posted this. But, I heard they only did that for porn tapes.....LOL!!!!
  6. by   rebelwaclause
    ("Porn"....Hahahahha).
  7. by   RNIAM
    sorry can't help you, hope you find an answer though.
  8. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    I'm stumped?

    I didn't know that at all, for video tapes either! Very interesting! Maybe I'll be able to bluff my hubby that I actually know something technical that he doesn't....

    Heather
  9. by   kaycee
    Rebel,
    They have it at www.borders.com for $21.34. I think it's the one you're looking for.
  10. by   Dplear
    DVD's are coded for regions of the world. The USA is considered Region 1 and I am not sure what region Europe is. I believe there are a total of 8 regions. They do this to cut down on piracy. When you buy a DVD player it is blank for a region for the most part but it reads the region off the first 3-5 discs you play and then it automatically sets this to the region for default. You can buy non region coded DVD's but mostly they are porn. Some movies are non regional though.

    Hope this explains it.

    Dave

    Region Countries
    0 No Region Coding
    1 United States of America, Canada
    2 Europe, including France, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Arabia, Japan and South Africa
    3 Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Borneo and Indonesia
    4 Australia and New Zealand, Mexico, the Carribean, and South America
    5 India, Africa, Russia and former USSR countries
    6 Peoples Republic of China
    7 Unused
    8 Airlines/Cruise Ships
    Last edit by Dplear on Oct 19, '02
  11. by   rebelwaclause
    Get outta town! Really? I only paid $11.00 for it, so I'm willing to count it as a loss. Doesn't seem worth returning it to United Kingdom (Sorry...I said Switzerland before...).

    Thanks for the info Dplear. How did you know that? Are you a computer nerd...!?!?!?! :chuckle

    Stargazer...I guess I wont be buying any videos from Brazil nor porn (Hoolahan...still laughing).

    Heather...? You outta the "cake-and-nookie-den" already?, Hubby will be amazed at your new found talent....Of decoding...DVDs, that is....

    :chuckle

    Kaycee...Thanks for the link....I'm on it!

    (Thanks again everybody).
    Last edit by rebelwaclause on Oct 19, '02
  12. by   Robin61970
    Wow....nice info to have...may come in use someday if I decide to buy off ebay......
  13. by   nurseman
    Originally posted by Dplear
    DVD's are coded for regions of the world. The USA is considered Region 1 and I am not sure what region Europe is. I believe there are a total of 8 regions. They do this to cut down on piracy. When you buy a DVD player it is blank for a region for the most part but it reads the region off the first 3-5 discs you play and then it automatically sets this to the region for default. You can buy non region coded DVD's but mostly they are porn.

    Does this mean that those who watch porn are more trustworthy than those who watch Hollywood type movies ? :chuckle
  14. by   Whisper
    Europe and incluiding the UK are region 2 for DVD players which is really annoying because all the DVDs I really want to buy are region1... guess I'll just have t wait till I can afford one of those new multi region DVD players.

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